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Want to work in the gig economy? Take these 5 online courses first

01 Feb

There is a change in the employment landscape. In the midst of hiring freezes, more employers are looking to short-term contract workers, or freelancers, to fulfill their HR needs.

Welcome to the gig economy.

This does not have to be a negative. Disciplined freelancers get to decide how much free time they have over how much money they want to earn. However, there has to be more conversations about the freelance workforce. 

More conversations

First, companies need to dispel the archaic notion of the “irresponsible job hopper”. And freelancers need to take on more tranches of their specialised skillset to add value to employers – and that means they need to be well-trained. 

“People looking into working in the gig economy should adopt a knowledge-hungry attitude as a bonus selling point to companies. Hiring managers today appreciate the hunger and entrepreneurial spirit exhibited by the independent worker,” said ScienTec Consulting's Head of Business Cecilia Sim.

“Online courses offer the motivated worker the opportunity to upskill without affecting productivity. If workers show a desire to learn — backed by a list of certifications — it will increase their employability," Ms Sim added.

Lifelong learning

Convinced to join the legion of freelance workers? The good news is SkillsFuture has opened up myriad online courses offered by foreign and local tertiary institutions. You may use your S$500 SkillsFuture grant to defray these costs.

We have listed five essential courses to start as a freelancer. But if you still have doubts, contact ScienTec Personnel consultants at 6225 3272 for a free consultation on how you can have a fulfilling career in the gig economy.

Pumped to start? Let’s go.

Introduction to Web Design by Udemy

Learn to understand the basics of web design and how the grid systems in web design work. Learn to design a real website and understand responsive web design.

Full Fee: $110
Duration: 7.5 hrs
Minimum Qualification Required: Secondary

Unleashing the Power of Digital Media by Nanyang Polytechnic

This course prepares participants to understand the dynamic world of digital media by familiarising them not only with relevant digital and social media tools and techniques, but also with approaches to managing successful digital campaigns - both for work and play.

Full Fee: $300
Duration: 7 hrs
Minimum Qualification Required: Secondary

Social Media and Online Marketing Masterclass 2017 by Udemy

Understand how social media marketing really works, build a business driven by marketing, understand the buyer journey, know how to use social media marketing to improve SEO, understand the social media platforms, master the art of posting on social media platforms, source and store social media posting ideas, create a social media marketing post to a high standard, understand the power of social media communities, and build a social media schedule and plan.

Full Fee: $210
Duration: 5.5 hrs
Minimum Qualification Required: Secondary

Graphic Design by Coursera

The goal of this specialisation is to equip learners with a set of transferable formal and conceptual tools for making and communicating in the field of graphic design. This core skill set will equip learners for formal studies in graphic design, and a starting point for further work in interface design, motion graphics, and editorial design.

Full Fee: $395
Duration: 100 hrs
Minimum Qualification Required: Post-Secondary (Non-Tertiary): General and Vocational

Creative Writing by Coursera

This specialisation will cover the distinct literary characteristics of three major creative writing genres: the genres short story, the lyric essay and the memoir. You will master the techniques that good writers use to compose a story, revise and rewrite, and craft descriptive language. Additionally, you will learn how to analyse and constructively evaluate peer writing. In the final Capstone Project, you will introduce, develop, and complete a work of prose in the genre of your choosing.

Full Fee: $595
Duration: 100 hrs
Minimum Qualification Required: Post-Secondary (Non-Tertiary): General and Vocational